In this Newsletter
Meetings and important dates
Herrick Brook Road closed during working hours
Did you know?
Pawlet Library update
Summer Camps information
Helping Hands update/request
6th Annual Plant Sale
Community Support Programs

Upcoming Meetings and Important dates for May/June 2021
(scroll to the end for details)

May 18: Select Board Meeting
May 21: Plant Sale Donations Date
May 22: Pawlet Community Church Plant Sale
May 24: Planning Commission Meeting
June 1: Library Monthly Board Meeting
June 1: Select Board Meeting
June 10: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
June 10: West Pawlet Wastewater User Fees due to Town Treasurer
June 15: Select Board Meeting

Road Closure

NOTICE FROM THE PAWLET HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Effective Immediately

Herrick Brook Rd. will be closed during working hours. From Sugar Lane to the Rupert Line until further notice. The road will be open to thru traffic each evening.

Did you know?
The town offers a free WiFi hotspot now! It’s accessible in West Pawlet at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.

The town website posts a weekly newsletter shared by Mettawee Community School?  The newsletters can be views HERE.

Pawlet Public LibraryPhase III Re-opening

The Pawlet Public Library is now open for browsing three days per week during the month of May. Following Vermont Universal Guidance, library visitors are required to wear a mask, maintain six feet of social distance, and stay home if sick.

Open hours during May are Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Curbside service is now available by appointment Tuesday through Saturday. To schedule curbside service, please contact the library staff at 802-325-3123 or pawletpub@gmail.com.

The Library will be expanding browsing hours and resuming more services and amenities in June and July as the state moves through the Vermont Forward Plan.

For information, call the Library at 802-325-3123, email pawletpub@gmail.com, or visit our website  www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Summer Camps Information and sign-up
Riley Rink Summer Camps: https://www.rileyrink.com/
Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Camps: https://manchesterartsvt.com/summer-camps
Merck Forest: https://www.merckforest.org/learn/day-camp-information/

Helping Hands – update and request

Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other

In March of 2020, the Helping Hands program started to provide meals and help to those whose lives were affected by COVID.  A year later, it is still going!  More recently, a group from the community has been meeting and talking about what other needs there might be in the Pawlet Community that we, as neighbors and community members, could help with.

Pawlet FANs…Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other could be a way for us to hear about needs within the community and then be able to assist people to find the resources and help they need.   Resources are abundant in our county; and yet, we are aware that there are people who do not have access to those resources.

How can you help?

  • Help us to identify needs!

Are you aware of needs in our community that are currently unmet?

 

  • Be a volunteer!

Would you be willing to volunteer to help within our community?

Volunteers may be needed to help with transportation, pick up groceries, reach out with a phone call or visit, and more!

We would love to hear from you!

If you know of someone who could use some support or assistance OR if you would like to volunteer, contact Nancy Bryant (325.3172/ milaurafarm@yahoo.com).

A Helping Hand in Pawlet: A Helping Hand in Pawlet: FREE meals are available for those struggling to make ends meet. Wednesday’s meal is prepared by Mach’s Market; meals on Friday and Sunday are prepared by The Barn Restaurant.

Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on facebook/McChesneyRealEstateInc.

To reserve a meal, call Nancy Bryant at 802-325-3172 from 10 am to 12 pm THE DAY BEFORE (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for pick up from 5 to 5:30 pm the next day.

Those who can are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to support this valuable outreach to our neighbors. Send checks payable to Pawlet Community Church Food Pantry, c/o Timothy Bryant, 337 Milaura Lane, Pawlet, Vermont 05761.

6th Annual Plant Sale
Accepting labeled plant donations all day. Donations can be left May 21 on the kitchen porch of the Pawlet Community Church, 38 Vt. Rt. 133. The sale takes place starting the following day on May 22 at 9 AM ending later in the day. Perennials and vegetable starts will be available. Payment is exact change or check only. Proceeds will go to support community needs.

Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry: Frozen prepared meals, healthy and free, are available at the food pantry for those in need every fourth Friday of each month (third Friday in December), 9 AM-12 PM, at the Pawlet Community Church, junction of Routes 30 & 133 in Pawlet Village. Know someone in need who can’t make it to the pick up? We can help! Call: 802-867-2409. Meals are provided by The Grateful Hearts non-profit food program.

Pawlet Community Church Update: Our food pantry has been coordinating our “Helping Hands” meals program, which continues providing meals to those in need. We expect this program continue for quite some time. Mach’s Market and The Barn Restaurant have been preparing the meals that are being paid for by many donations from members of our community. Our supportive community and their donations also allow us to offer healthy meals through our food pantry and emergency fuel assistance. Information on these programs can be found below. We invite you to help support the programs if you’re able. Thank you so much!

Pawlet Emergency Management COVID-19 Updates: For regular updates  please watch and like the Pawlet Emergency Management Facebook page. We are focusing on local and State information. For ongoing Executive Order Measures issued by Governor Phil Scott in response to COVID-19, see Executive Orders. To sign up for daily updates on the coronavirus situation in Washington County, NY, click here. We hope you are all well and safe.

Information resource offered by Pawlet Library: Community Connector Sara Young has compiled an information resource that includes updates from the Vermont Department of Health and Town of Pawlet Emergency Management. It also lists local services in the Pawlet area, and State regulations and resources. For more information see Pawlet Area COVID-19 Information and Resources.

SVCOA Offers Shopping Service for Older Vermonters: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has started a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties during the COVID-19 issue. The shopping service, which is supported by vetted SVCOA volunteers, is available to anyone age 60 or over, as well as eligible younger disabled individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990 and ask to speak with Ellen Green. For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.

Update from Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region: Don’t hesitate to call 888-989-8707 for appointments and for any questions you have regarding your health. Check their website for more details, hours and locations https://www.chcrr.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthVT/

Vermont Department of Public Services telecommunications plan survey
The Vermont Department of Public Service is conducting this survey to evaluate your usage of telecommunications services to help inform the state’s 10 year telecommunications plan. The data collected by this survey will be used to help the State develop strategies to close gaps in broadband availability and capacity.

Town Office
The Town Office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic, but we are making appointments.  Please call ahead and be aware masks are required to enter the building. For more information see the Town Clerk’s page. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

The Town of Pawlet Highway Department requests that citizens do not come to the town garage to contact them. Please call them by phone and leave a message: 802-325-3467.

Upcoming Meetings and Events Details

— May 18, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, is available here: Agenda May 18.2021. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— May 21 Plant Sale Donations
Accepting labeled plant donations all day. Donations can be left on the kitchen porch of the Pawlet Community Church, 38 Vt. Rt. 133

— May 22, 9 AM – ?: Pawlet Community Church Plant Sale
The 6th annual Plant Sale takes place on May 22 starting at 9 AM at the Pawlet Community Church, 38 Vt. Rt. 133. Perennials and vegetable starts will be available. Payment is exact change or check only. Proceeds will go to support community needs.

— May 24, 7:30 PM: Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings are currently being held online. The agenda for the next monthly meeting, which includes information on how to participate virtually, is available here: PPC Agenda May 24, 2021. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— June 1, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, will be posted on the website on the select board page HERE in the coming weeks. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— June 1, 6:00 PM: Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
The Library Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public and are being held online; please contact the library for more information on how to join the meeting (802-325-3123).

— June 10: Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

June 10: West Pawlet Wastewater User Fees due to Town Treasurer
Payment procedures during the pandemic: For safety reasons we are requiring different procedures for check and cash payments:

Check payments – please mail checks to the Town Treasurer or leave in the new secure drop box at the Town Hall. Stamped receipts will be mailed back if requested. In-person check payments are not an option at this time.

Cash payments – Do not leave cash payments in the drop box at the Town Hall; you must call the Town Treasurer 24 hours in advance to set up an appointment for in-person cash payments. If you do not have an appointment, we will not be able to accept your cash payment.

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